Benton PUD

Kennewick , WA
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Distribution Design Tech I

Benton PUD
Kennewick, WA Full time
Posted on March 4, 2018

Benton PUD is seeking a Distribution Design Tech I to join our team and work with our customers and Engineering and Operations Department personnel to design, develop, organize and coordinate construction of power and Broadband systems in an assigned service area. The work is diverse and challenging but our company is small and personal. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including state pension and other retirement programs, competitive health benefits, education reimbursement, wellness incentives and more! 

Position Purpose


The primary purpose of this position is to work with outside customers and Engineering and Operations Department personnel under the over site of Distribution Design Technician II or management, to design, develop, organize and coordinate construction of power and Broadband systems to meet the expectation of our customers in an assigned service area.


Accountabilities and Essential Functions
  1. Support the District’s mission to serve our customers and foster a positive workplace by personally choosing behavior aligned with our values and ethical code.
  2. Manage routine customer engineering projects by planning, surveying, estimating, scheduling and coordinating purchasing aspects as needed to ensure the best and most economical solution of delivering power and Broadband.
  3. Assist the department with large transmission and distribution design projects as needed and assigned by assisting the Distribution Design Technician II and/or other project managers with specific tasks or work package elements.
  4. Ensure the efficient, safe, and responsible delivery of service by knowing thoroughly all State, County/City and BPUD policies and ensuring projects comply.
  5. Coordinate construction projects with Operations and Broadband personnel to ensure the design is followed with minimal changes in the field.
  6. Assist in keeping construction costs within budget and appropriately controlled by tracking and relaying project costs to construction crews, resolving job changes and addressing other field conflicts.
  7. Ensure legal rights for placement of District Facilities by preparing legal documentation as necessary for easements, quit claims, encroachment permits, pole contacts, railroad, DOT and State permits.
  8. Provide proper location of District facilities within easement or right-of-ways by staking projects in the field for Line Crews and Contractors.
  9. Deliver accurate and timely records to internal and external customers by using GIS/CAD systems to produce and update drawings of substations, construction standards, equipment, and building layouts.
  10. Ensure work meets NESC and WAC standards by following construction standards.
  11. Perform other duties as requested.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements


  • AA – Engineering Technician or related technical field; relevant technical experience may substitute for degree
  • 4 years experience as an engineering technician, or related field engineering or design experience


  • 1 year AutoCAD Certificate

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office
  • Customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • In-depth knowledge of NESC and WAC related to distribution design

  • ALCOA Sag Program (overhead line design)
  • OSMOSE (pole loading software)
  • Poly Water Pull Planner (underground line design)
  • Progressing knowledge of line calculations and other aspects of electrical and Broadband customer engineering


Licensing or Certifications:

  • Must posses and maintain a valid State driver’s license.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certification or obtain within 12 months of hire.
ADA Requirements
  • Attendance: Consistent need to attend work at the job site or work location. Frequent or constant need for punctuality.
  • Physical Effort: The job has intermittent periods during which continuous physical exertion is required, such as walking, standing, stooping, climbing, lifting material or equipment, some of which may be heavy or awkward (less than 20 pounds).
  • Environment: Typically in a comfortable environment but with regular exposure to factors such as temperature extremes, moving machinery, loud noise, and fumes that cause noticeable discomfort or a moderate risk of accident or illness.
  • Hazards: There is occasional exposure to hazards or risk of injury which are unpredictable or uncertain and which result in risk or personal injury.
  • Sensory Attention: Typically requires regular use of one or more senses of medium intensity and long duration.
  • Job Pressure/Deadline Orientation: Must meet frequent demands for important decisions/actions and face some confrontations or other unpleasant situations and demands for results.

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Women/ Veterans/Disabled